ROBERT E LEE BIOGRAPHY

Robert E. Lee was born January 19, 1807, Stratford, Virginia. The fourth child of a Revolutionary War hero, Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, and Ann Hill Carter Lee.

Robert E. Lee attended the United States Military Academy, where he graduated 2nd in his class. His record of "no demerits" while being a cadet, has still not been equaled today. Robert E. Lee, was given a commission as an engineer.

Lee married Mary Custis, the granddaughter of George Washington and Martha Custis Washington.

In 1845 the War between U.S. and Mexico erupted. General Winfield Scott, overall U.S. Army commander, attached Captain Robert E. Lee to his staff.

Following the Mexican War Robert E. Lee returned to service as an army engineer. Colonel Lee put down a believed rebellion at Harper Ferry, Virginia. When Abraham Lincoln was elected President, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas left. Colonel Robert E. Lee was asked to take command of the United States Army to put down the rebellion.

Lee, however, offered his services to the President of the Confederate States of America, "Jefferson Davis". Mr. Davis accepted.

General Lee's first campaign in West Virginia was less than a success. But later, in a series of continuous battles known as the 7 Days Battle, Robert E. Lee forced McClellan to retreat.

Lee's greatest victory was the Battle of Chancellorsville in May of 1863. His well known land battle was fought at Gettysburg, Pa., on July 1, 2, & 3.

General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomatox Court House on April 9, 1865. Lee was almost tried as a traitor, but was left with his civil rights suspended. Robert E. Lee was offered the post of President of Washington University where he served until his death in 1870. As a final note President Gerald Ford had Lee's citizenship restored.

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